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Ethics reform achieved

By   /  April 15, 2013  /  Buddy Carter  /   Comments

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Tweet “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.”  Potter Stewart During the recently completed legislative session, one of the hottest topics discussed was ethics.  With the passage of HB 142 and HB 143 on the last day of the session, ethics reform, or [...]

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What They’re Saying Is Not What They’re Doing

By   /  March 28, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet In politics, too many are judged on what they say.  Too often, there is quite a distance between what politicians tell us they will do, and what is actually done.  Sometimes that distance can be measured in days – quite literally.  Forty days, to be exact.

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Ten Days Left To Achieve Ethics Reform This Year

By   /  March 11, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet There are ten business days left for the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly.  If all goes as planned the legislature will wrap up its business this month, likely the Thursday evening before Easter weekend begins the next day.  While matters of budget will take up a good bit of the remaining time, [...]

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Ethics Reform Must Include Official’s Accountability

By   /  February 25, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet As the 2013 General Assembly begins the heavy lifting portion of the session, we will begin to see bills that have been debated in public (and many that have only been concepts behind the scenes) begin to take their final form.  One that has dominated much of the headlines, but has still yet to [...]

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The Ethics Of A Wild Hog

By   /  January 11, 2013  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet They’re back. Members of the Georgia General Assembly are in the process of returning to Atlanta for another 40 business days of legislating and governing. And as it has been every year since 1962, the unofficial beginning to the legislative session will be the Wild Hog Supper held at the Georgia Freight Depot. The [...]

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Progress, Optimism For Ethics Reform

By   /  August 14, 2012  /  Charlie Harper  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Georgia House Speaker David Ralston is now expected to propose an ethics reform package that will include a total ban on gifts and gratuities from lobbyists for lawmakers and other elected officials. This was first reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution late last week.

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Gifts from lobbyists may end

By   /  August 12, 2012  /  Government  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Staff Reports House Speaker David Ralston wasn’t a fan of eliminating gifts from lobbyists.  Instead, he liked the current system that involved disclosure, claiming that proponents of the cap was motivated by liberals and the media.  However, after last months question on the ballot – and there was a variant on both parties’ ballot [...]

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What should ethics reform look like?

By   /  June 17, 2012  /  Charlie Harper, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     On July’s primary ballot, Georgians will have the opportunity to register their opinion on whether legislators should be limited to receiving gifts of up to $100 from lobbyists.  Public awareness of the need for ethics reform is growing, and a cap on gratuities is the preferred vehicle of choice at the moment.

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